Tall Bike Bobby rolled through town last week on his tour of the West Coast via, you guessed it, a handmade tall bike.
Bobby Gadda is a leader of LA’s bike movement and a co-founder of CicLAvia. I had the opportunity to ride around town with him during his stopover in Seattle, and he was like a one-person bike parade turning heads everywhere we went.
Anne-Marije Rook at Cascade also chatted with Gadda while he was around. Here’s how he explained his mission to her:
“I have been riding a tall bike for a while and I always have lots of fun when I’m riding it because people want to talk to me about it,” explained Bobby in regards to his choice of bicycle. “Traveling with this bike, I meet way more people and start so many conversations about biking, and this trip is all about making connections between different bike communities.”
Additionally, Bobby is setting out to prove a point.
“The whole point of [touring on a tall bike], for me, is questioning ‘What’s practical?’. A lot of people don’t think biking is practical, and so I’m doing this thing that looks ridiculous and yet, even this is practical!” said Bobby. “I can actually carry a lot of cargo and it is more stable than a lot of touring bikes.”
If Bobby finds it convenient to tour the West Coast on a tall bike hauling his gear and a banjo wherever he goes, then you will find that taking a “normal” bike to the grocery store is, in fact, perfectly practical for your life.